CNA Staff, Sep 2, 2020 / 10:05 am
Nearly two dozen senators are urging the Trump administration to remove the abortion pill from the market as advocates for the drug push for its wider availability.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) led a group of 20 Republican senators in signing a letter to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn, on Tuesday, asking him to classify mifepristone as an "immanent hazard to the public health." The classification would bar the pill from being sold in U.S. markets.
Citing "the devastating impact this drug has had on American women and children," the letter noted that more than 3.7 million unborn children have been killed as a result of the abortion pill, along with 24 maternal deaths and 4,195 cases of "adverse maternal reactions."
Since it allowed the chemical abortion regimen -a two-drug protocol of mifepristone and misoprostol-in the U.S. in 2000, the FDA has placed it on its "Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS)" list reserved for high-risk drugs and procedures.